What is Yoga?

Yoga is part of the Ayurvedic tradition – when you perform some yoga positions, you’re engaging in a physical and spiritual exercise that is rooted in Ayurvedic philosophy.Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word, “Yuj” meaning to yoke or join or unite and is a physical, mental and spiritual practice and discipline that aims to transform the body and mind. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali from first half of 1st millennium CE is one of a key surviving major texts on Yoga and a major influence on Hatha yoga. In the West, it has become a popular form of relaxing exercise after being introduced around the 1980s. It continues to be ever more popular and there are many schools of Yoga like Hatha Yoga which focuses on slow and gentle movements. Bikram Yoga which is practiced in 105 degree heat with 40% humidity. Vinyasa Yoga is commonly called “Vinyasa flow” as one pose flows into the next. Kundalini Yoga refers to the energy of the Root chakra which surrounds the area your lower spine concentrating on your “core” area which can be quite intense. Ashtanga Yoga also commonly known as Power Yoga is physically demanding and suited more to someone looking to push their body. Iyengar Yoga uses a lot of props such as blocks, harnesses, straps and cushions. The focus is on alignment. Whatever form of Yoga you practice, we think we carry the best Yoga mats and towels. We’ll also be introducing other accessories like yoga blocks, wedges, cushions and bolsters. Ultimately we want to offer Yoga retreats, meditation music, and malas. Check back for more goodies at Esme and Sita.